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Elon Musk’s SpaceX program proposes that 100 people could be sent to colonize Mars within 10 years. What might that colony look like? PBS Space Time breaks down the challenges that the first humans on Mars would face and how they could overcome them.

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Here's Elon Musk's complete, sweeping vision on colonizing Mars to save humanity - Business Insider

SpaceX founder and billionaire Elon Musk wants to launch a million people to Mars in hopes of saving humanity from certain doom . Musk presented his sweeping vision at the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, during a roughly 63-minute speech.

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